By: Anna Katrina Bolivar
It may seem that kids are more prone to insect bites than adults. Marks of insect bites make moms worry that the marks will stay on their baby’s delicate skin for quite a time. Kids, on the other hand, do not care about the marks at all, but they get really uncomfortable or irate with itchy insect bites.
With limited patience, the kids will scratch the insect bite with so much effort and this at time results to removing the top surface of the skin causing the insect bite to worsen or result to a wound. With their delicate skin, it is important that the first line of treatment to be given is all natural. Here are five natural home remedies that you can use when your little running creature gets insect bites:
The cold temperature of ice constricts the affected blood vessels and prevents inflammation. It can also numb the skin, which can somehow lessen your child’s discomfort. It is important, however, not to keep the ice on your baby’s skin for more than five minutes to prevent further damage to the skin.
Green tea or chamomile tea
Green tea and chamomile tea have properties that relieve skin irritation and reduce inflammation. Store bags of green tea or chamomile tea in your fridge so you have them ready any time your kids will be needing them and just apply them directly on the insect bite.
Milk contains proteins that can reduce inflammation and redness. Simply wet a cotton ball with milk and dab it on the affected area.
Honey may be the most versatile natural ingredient in your kitchen because of its many uses may it be for cooking, for preparing drinks, for treating sore throats, and insect bites. Honey exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Just place a small drop of honey on the insect bite to ease the insect bite.
Vinegar can act as a natural disinfectant and can help reduce the discomfort of burning sensation felt by your babies. Dilute the vinegar in 1:1 ratio with water and apply on the insect bite using a cotton ball.
Basil contains chemical compounds that provide soothing relief through a cooling sensation of itchy insect bites. Chop some fresh basil leaves into fine pieces and apply them on the insect bite.
These natural home remedies can be used as the first line of treatment for immediate relief. However, if symptoms persist, it is always best to consult your Pediatrician.
Anna Katrina Bolivar is a first-time mom to a baby girl. She’s a stay-at-home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and cosleeping mom. She has her own blog. Despite all the challenges of a stay-at-home mom, she always goes to sleep with a heart that is overflowing with love for the Lord, her husband, and their precious little girl.